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A Road Trip

There has been a lot going on here and I wasn’t sure I wanted to write about some of it. If being honest is a core value for me, then write about it I must.

I love this mug.

As you may know, I started this blog while healing from the most debilitating case of Bells Palsy even my doctors had ever come across. There was little else I could do at the time but sit in my bed writing and resting. February 11 was the 10-year anniversary of it and I have come a long way in healing. There are still many residual effects but nothing that can’t be handled. At this point, it’s just history and not worth mentioning again since I found no one that had encountered a similar experience.

It’s hard to embroider with Leo’s tail on it.

My focus now has been making the best use of my time since being diagnosed with IPF. My mother had it and my sister is in late stages with it. Seems to run in the female side of our family. The ‘I’ stands for idiopathic, which means unknown origin. Perfect word if you add the letter T, I think. I was not a smoker which is what most people ask but many around me did smoke.

It’s waiting for me to quilt it.

A series of synchronicities occurred that caused me to decide a visit to a medical intuitive, so I made an appointment for my daughter and myself. We had to wait months for an appointment. Sigh… I didn’t want to tell anyone about this alternative therapy appointment. The session was extremely helpful and I would recommend it to those who need a little help in the right direction or those the traditional medical community have nothing  left to offer. Reiki was part of the treatment along with instructions to take my mind from what ails me and put it on something fun. Where attention goes, energy flows.

We met at Portland’s New Renaissance Bookstore. Took 2 years to decide to see her. The book says it all.

During our trip, we had some fun taking a ferry to Poulsbo, Washington. Bless the inventor of GPS! We arrived around 1:00 p.m. and ready for lunch. There was a Europub that claimed authentic cuisine. A few bites and the rest of my lunch went to the trash. I don’t throw away food but this couldn’t be salvaged. We walked a lot that day to see the sweet little Norwegian settled town. Their ice cream shop made up for the lunch. It was outstanding in its unusual flavors and quality.

We also stopped at a very lovely quilt shoppe where I found a perfect coordinating fabric for my donkey quilt. I really had to force myself not to buy anything that I wasn’t immediately needed. Fabric is more addictive for me than sweets and just slightly less than books. Now you see what’s usually on my reading list. We found one more quilt store close to our motel and had great fun in there. Yes, I bought just the yardage I needed for another project I’m working on. Most creatives have dozens at once. There is no cure.

Just for a bit of uplift, I left my Bluetooth headphones accidentally wrapped in the bedding. As we were many miles outside of Seattle, the hotel called to let us know they had them and would send instructions on how to get them mailed back. Housekeeping had turned them in!  They are now back with me.

Now we are restored and moving forward to optimum health.

Have you had any interesting road trips lately? What’s you thought on going outside mainstream medicine?

From my heart to yours,

Marlene Herself

 

 

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  1. You have been a busy bee! I have always believed one must be the best advocate for your own health. I believe in looking into alternative ways of healing the body. I do it. It has helped me a lot. So you do what you think is best for you. Always good to keep an open mind about things. Everyone’s body is different, therefore everyone should try different things to see if it helps. I love looking at all the projects you do. Beautiful. ❤

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    • Thanks so much, Jackie. I hope to get it quilted tomorrow and get it ready for hand stitching soon. More projects on the table. I wish Marie wasn’t so far away. It was worth the trip. I tend to go the more hippy woo woo way vs mainstream medicine. They have their place but I’m at the end of the 2-5 year prognosis And I’m still doing better than expected. The mind is a powerful thing. I’m working on having it see only wellness. Hope you are doing better than expected as well. Spring is coming. Sending love and hugs.

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  2. My yoga teacher says the same: where the attention goes, the energy flows. It is good to explore all options in healing. Different things work for different people.

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  3. thank you so very much for taking the time to write this post. I have found the most help for my chronic illnesses, outside of main stream medicine. do you recommend the book you have pictured in your post?

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    • Absolutely 100% She has spent years as a skilled oncology RN and even her supervisors saw how talented she was and encouraged her to practice this while helping her cancer patients. It’s a change of mindset that’s most important. You can listen to podcasts and view her website to better decide if you are interested. Thanks for stopping by, Wendi.

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  4. I agree with all the previous comments. I think the possibility of self-healing is hugely underestimated, for a great deal of illnesses and problems. Your positivity and self-determination are very inspiring xxx

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    • It has been quite the journey with both illnesses. It’s always about self healing but we aren’t naturally wired to think that way. The programming we grew up with often was not very positive. I put it out there in case someone else needs help too. Thanks for stopping by, Jill. Wishing you well also.

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  5. So sorry to hear about the IPF diagnosis. But I’m in awe of your positive attitude. And of your quilting! (I used to have a bumper sticker “The one who dies with the most fabric wins”)

    Good luck with your search for alternative treatments. And with finishing up that adorable donkey quilt.

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    • Thank you for stopping by, Barb. I’m at the end of year 5 of a 2-5 prognosis and still doing exceptionally well. I tire more quickly but at 71 I still run circles around many.

      In the contest of fabric, if I hadn’t given away thousands of dollars worth already, I would have won. Actually, with what’s still left, I might still win it. 😉 Once I finish the donkeys, I have to find them a home. I have no little ones here or on the horizon.

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  6. I’m so glad to read you have taken such a positive step towards responsibility for your own health Marlene. You now how strongly I feel about this and if this consultation has provided you with the steps and the determination to find your way to health I am going to cheer you on all the way back to a healthy life. Paying close attention to our subconscious beliefs and changing our habitual thought patterns can be the key to opening the door to healing. Natural remedies support the journey and studies are showing how all manner of illnesses are healed when the mind is trained to work to help us achieve what we most desire. It’s hard work – I can attest to that – I’ve so often felt I go one step forward and two steps back – but I know when I look back that I’ve made huge advances that stick with me, which allows me to then tackle the next layer. And so we move through life 🙂 Well done, keep those happy thoughts, love your wins and your trip ups and laugh with and at yourself too. Don’t take it all too seriously, after all no-one gets out alive but how we go out is what really counts xoxo

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    • Of course you are spot on about all of this. It’s so easy to get lost in your own miserable thinking and this was very helpful though quite expensive. I am finally able to clean up my food again which is prime. The walking continues and I think I’ve found a yoga class that my health insurance will cover. 😉 We are doing a modernized version of A Course In Miracles that helps remind me to keep my thinking happy and positive. It’s sad that there are so few out there who can remind us when we slide to get off the pity pot and back to work. 😉 You are one of the very few. Thanks for that. You are a good friend, too far away. Love and hugs to you all. Hope the repairs go well and quickly.

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      • I remember back in the early 90’s reading a book called ‘superfood’ and having one of those epiphanies that are sometimes gifted us and understood for the first time that what I was choosing to eat was either health or poison. It still took a long time to really understand what worked for me – trial and error and paying attention over many years. Then my eldest gave me a book called ‘I Gave Up Sugar’ and reading that and following her instructions gave me another burst…. Since then all my health issues have faded away and my heart issue was managed well with homeopathy until we hit this black mold issue beneath the floor boards of my house. But that too was a really good lesson and the finding the reason has of course been a relief and given a clear way forward. We are halfway through the work and the mold has been treated, the floorboards replaced and all affected items removed safely. What a palaver! Another week and the furries and I should be able to go back home. Anyway, I just wanted to say again, do whatever you feel is working for you. Know it will be work that you must be vigilant about and do no matter what inner resistance you encounter. Joe Dispenza says “Show up, no matter what and do what you have said you will do. Eventually the resistance will give way.” I have personally found that my toughest challenge – just do it!! 🙂 But eventually you look back and say “Lookit that, I changed myself.” Best moment of all ❤

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      • My poor stomach has been very unhappy with the vitamins and abstinence from all sugar. I’m eating dinner, what there is of it early and alone. Cleaning up the food is hard but absolutely necessary. We watch a lot of Dr. Joe’s meditations and videos and I’ve read so much. Putting it into practice had been hard until I had a visit with Marie. Seems easier all of a sudden. I knew what she would say, sometimes you just need confirmation and a bit of a push. I’ve also found a yoga class the insurance will cover in addition to the walks. It would be nice to know someone here to encourage but that’s not the case so do it myself is a must. You have been a good encourager even long distance. Thank you for that, Pauline. I’ve even given up the cough drops because they have sugar in them. I close my door now so I don’t wake up my daughter. I can hardly wait to say that I changed myself. 😉 Thanks and big hugs. I’ll keep an eye out on Instagram. Haven’t figured out how to post yet. Glad things are shaping up for you to get home soon.

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  7. I used to be completely open to everything. Then whatever worked. Now, I take large doses of cynicism with my tablets. I’m greatly in favour – for myself – of evidence-based outcomes and therapies. Having always *loved* the idea of alternative therapies, time has hardened my attitudes, thanks to cancer, a crumbling spine and chronic pain, none of which have been helped by non-mainstream medicine. I’m so very glad it’s working for you, and that it is helping your spirit as well as your body. There is help out there for everyone in some form or other.

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    • I fully agree with you, Kate. So much of the alternative can be none effective which is why I waited and studied this so long. In 5 years, I have only had one appointment with the pulmonologist. The only thing they can offer is pills and a possible transplant. My sister is going that route and sliding much faster than I am. I exercise and am again starting to eat better. Changing my thinking has helped more than anything and having some fun is prime. If tomorrow is the last day, how would I want to spend it?? Gratitude for each day is top of the list but I want to finish making so much, read so much and learn from people. Cynicism is vital to our survival. I would never ask anyone to go in blindly. Whether this worked or not. my daughter and I had a nice road trip together and it gives her an excuse to take time off which she needed too. I’m finally seeing the pulmonologist in 2 weeks. Who knows where this will go. 😉 The crumbling spine is so hard to deal with as is chronic pain. That I know about but have never mentioned. You have my empathy on that one. Enjoy your trip as much as possible. Mouse will remind you. 😉 Sending love and hugs.

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      • Mouse sends you an affectionate boop of his cold wet nose, and the offer of time to play with his super-soft velvet ears. He has been one of the best things to happen to me for my health, both physical and mental. You know how important it is for us to get out there and breathe and walk, come rain or shine, and to care for another living thing who needs us. Stay well, stay positive, and feel the joy every day, dear Marlene.

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  8. It’s good to hear from you to catch up on your doings! As others have said, I’m glad you found a way to continue your healing. I was very happy to see what you’ve done with the rejected donkey squares. The quilt showcases them beautifully.

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    • Thank you so much, Liz. I hope that when I’m finished with the donkeys, someone will want them. It’s quite the investment of time and materials by both the embroiderer and myself. I just couldn’t see them languish. Thank you as well for your kind thoughts. Now to go quilting. 😉

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  9. Poulsbo is a nice little place, although I haven’t been there in years. I don’t seem to get into Kitsap County very often. I do love the ferry system though!

    For the most part my health has been stable Marlene, so I tend not to think too much about it in general. I will say I don’t always agree with mainstream medicine in many areas though, so being open to alternatives sounds interesting and hopefully will help you to have a more positive focus as you move forward.

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    • Poulsbo was a sweet town and I can imagine how it would be during their Viking festival. The quietest place was the ice cream shop in February but worth the stop.

      I think there is a place for both forms of medicine, each having it’s strengths. Hand in hand is how I like to use them. Most of it is common sense. Reiki is not going to heal a broken leg or a bleeding artery but we can add to it by paying attention to other things in our arsenal of healing. I’m bargaining for time so it’s all stops pulled. I have too much to do to give up. 😉 hope things are going well for you. I’m so far behind in my post reading that I’m not sure if I’ve missed one from you or not. I’ll keep trying to catch up. Hugs and happy weekend.

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  10. Looks like such as fun road trip, Marlene! As for going outside of mainstream medicine, I think when other strategies aren’t working, especially in the case of chronic pain, all avenues are worth exploring (with one eye kept on the cost, of course).

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  11. I echo Pauline’s comments, Marlene. I need to write the quote “Energy flows where the mind goes” and pin it everywhere around my house. So true. If we ruminate on past difficulties we won’t get past those difficulties.

    Lovely to see ocean views, says the long landlocked woman. That alone lifts the soul and nourishes the spirit.

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    • Pauline is the first one I talked to about what was happening. She is so very wise and I trust her. I am only 3 hours from the ocean and rarely get there. It’s not a day trip for me. Even pictures of the ocean or water can help.
      Put the quote on a post-it and stick it to the fridge. You will see it there several times a day if you are anything like me. 😉 Thanks for stopping by, Susanne.

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  12. Marlene, I’m so sorry to hear about the IPF diagnosis, but if anyone can turn their attention into energy, it’s you! Our mind has so much power over our bodies, something the medical professionals don’t always take into consideration. I’ll keep you in my prayers. Thanks for sharing your photos from the fun road trip and that great mug! ❤

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    • Thank you so much, Jill. I’ve had the mug for several years. It’s a fun thing. Trying to turn that epigenetic switch to off has taken some hard work. So far, so good. I have a lot to do still so I’m taking better care to keep moving forward. Can’t watch the news, that’s certain. 😉 Hugs to you and wishing you all well too.

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  13. Keep pursuing health, my friend and having adventures!

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  14. Well done. Keep up the good work…taking charge of oneself is the only way to ‘get well’

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  15. So glad you are feeling better. I have good health, fingers crossed, for which I am very grateful especially as my husband enjoys ill health! Keep being positive. xx

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    • I’ve been keeping good thoughts for your husband as well. It’s important to make the most of each day we have and I’m grateful for everyone I get. This doesn’t go away, but I can give myself more time by being mindful of my thinking. Staying positive and having fun are most important. When I’m tired now, I rest. It’s unusual for me. 😉

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  16. Wow, Marlene! I had to look up IPF and agree with all the other commenters that pursuing all your best options is a good way to go. That town it gorgeous. It made me think how little I’ve explored the west coast and the maritime history there.

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    • IPF is a humdingger, isn’t it, Lisa? I’m doing the best so far. Mom had one year, my sister is 5 in and on full time oxygen. I’m still running loose at the end of 5. Haha. I’ll make liars out of all of the experts. The west coast is beautiful in so many ways. I wish I could be closer than a three hour drive each way. But going to see Marie made a good excuse to have some fun along the way. My daughter made a mini vacation of it. Thanks for stopping by. Maybe one day I’ll get to the east coast again. You never know. 😉

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  17. Oh my goodness, the coffee cup! LOL

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  18. You had quite a busy road trip! I love the quilt shop and the ice cream shop. Good for you looking into alternative medical treatment. Were your parents smokers, meaning you grew up in a smoke filled environment? The base housing was probably smoke filled. Just thinking our loud. Marlene, you are a role model for “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Your attitude always inspires me. I’m glad you had a great road trip (minus the meal)! 🙂

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    • Thanks so much, Jennie. Our mini vacation held lots of wonder. Yes, both of my parents were heavy smokers that trapped us in cars while they smoked. My first husband was as well, all thanks to the military. But even though we all have potential for illness, it’s usually extreme stress, (in my opinion) that turns on the switch. Now I have to figure out how to turn it off and have been trying for the last four years to find that magic key. Forget lemonade, Lets make limoncello and celebrate! Both quilt shops were delightful and had something special to offer with wonderful people at their helm. I had Mexican chocolate ice cream that had cinnamon, nutmeg and chili in it. It was worth the long drive. Even being lactose intolerant, the ice cream didn’t upset my stomach. Glad I don’t live closer. 😉 Giant squishy hugs, Jennie. Thanks for the visit.

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      • I like your thinking that giant extreme stress ‘turns on the switch’. That has so much of an effect on everything, physical and mental. Controlling the switch is the key. I always think the little things make the biggest difference. They do when we look upon them as big things. Make sense? When a little thing thing happens that is good, I smile inside, as if it were really big. I dwell on that smile, that feeling. Then I know it was a big thing. Yes, forget lemonade and make limoncello! Yahoo!! Glad to hear the quilt shops were wonderful, and the Mexican ice cream delicious. Giant hugs back to you, Marlene! 😀

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  19. Marlene, first I love your mug as well … and how true! 😀 How lovely that fabric shops are like bookshops for you and you were very restrained in only buying what you needed for your current work. The quilt will look adorable! I’m sorry about your health issues and yes, I’ve been to quite a few different alternative health practitioners over the years. The most successful was acupuncture for my two slipped discs which had caused a year of agony and was totally debilitating. I was considering surgery as a last resort but the acupuncture was a miracle and since then regular pilates helps a lot to keep my back okay. The Norwegian ice-cream sounds delicious and road trips are always fun … just the traffic is such a hassle in the UK! I’m just back from exploring an old Hall reminiscent of Downton Abbey … from the 1400s and wonderful old features! Keep well and happy creating! 😀

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Annika. At least the traffic is light here. 😉 My daughter does all the driving but there was a lot of traffic as we got close to Seattle. Gridlock for an hour. ;( I had a lot of acupuncture when I first got Bells Palsy.They tried hard to help. I’m glad you found relief from it. I’m going to try to get back to a yoga class if possible soon. I’ve done gentle chiropractic as well. I do love old buildings and the Hall sounds wonderful. I miss old architecture. It has personality. Have a wonderfilled week ahead.

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  20. Do what works for you – a positive mental attitude is bound to be helpful and it sounds like you have found a way forward that is healing and nurturing – hurrah.

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    • Thank you so much, Jan. A positive mental attitude are essential to life itself. I have to keep working on that and our little road trip helped a lot. Thanks for stopping by.

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  21. Sending love and a hug your way, Marlene. I’m glad you’re finding your way and I agree: food, and in my case, sleep, are so critical to well being. When both are managed, other things seem possible. I’m glad you had the time away. I’m sorry to hear your sister is on oxygen. She’s a good soul. I wish you well on this journey and send you healing thoughts and love and happy energy. xo

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    • Thank you, Alys. I’m starting yoga classes soon. Went by today and they gave me all the info I need. I’m really dragging from the diet but I know soon my body will quit rebelling. My sister is hoping for a transplant. She’s found a friend/nurse that will be with her if it happens and be her caregiver. Much younger than me and can handle my sister better. 😉 Been hoping you were doing ok too. It’s kind of quiet in your corner of the world. Sending huge squishy hugs.

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      • Hurrah for yoga classes. I was just telling Mike that we should sign up for one together once I’m walking again. Stretching and meditating are so good for our bodies.

        Diets are hard. Changing the way we eat is hard, too. Most folks say it takes about a month till you start feeling better. Hang in there. You are doing all the right things. I didn’t know Sis was on a transplant list, nor did I know that was even an option. I hope her prospects are good, Marlene.

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      • Thanks so much, Alys. I haven’t gone to a yoga class yet but the paper work is taken care of. Maybe I’ll be up and running again by tomorrow, Did get a full walk in today. I have no choice but to change my diet so it’s done and ongoing. Kindly and gently. As you should be with yourself. You are a really good sister to Sharon. Be as gentle to yourself as you are to her, My sister has to wait until she is really failing to get on a list but has to be fully prepared before they consider her. Not sure if it will happen but it gives her something to focus on and hope.

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      • I’m glad you are feeling a bit better. I know you’ll enjoy that yoga class. It will probably be easier to go during the warmer months, too. I imagine it’s hard driving places with slick roads and cooler temps.

        I took a few steps on Friday with the support of a walker and my air brace/boot. It felt wondeful to be upright. My energy is returning and though my foot is still sore, it is vastly improved. xo

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      • I might be waiting longer to go to yoga with this virus thing. My daughter’s company is going to have more of the employee’s working from home for a while. She’s happy to not have to take public transport everyday until this passes. Glad you are making progress and feeling better.

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      • Thank you, Marlene. I must have missed this comment last week. So much has changed in just ten days. Mind blown.

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  22. What a lovely post – the honest ones are my favorite 🙂 If I’m being truthful, I go outside of mainstream medicine FIRST, when looking for my answers. It’s not that I don’t respect the doctors and their knowledge, but my way of healing involves a different approach. Rather than medicate the symptoms only, I prefer to find the root of the problem and begin the healing from there. In the past, I haven’t found mainstream to be all that supportive of this and so often journey outside the norm. I’m glad it was helpful for you (my mom did reiki) and sending many wishes for health (and happiness). Glad to have come across your blog 🙂

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    • Thank you for stopping by, Melinda and for following. Like you, I prefer to go alternative first but sometimes I know when it’s needed. They haven’t been able to offer me anything helpful but will take care of many odds and ends. Mostly the ends. There are so many that practice alternative treatments but not all are equally qualified as with doctors. I’ve never had big faith in doctors because I know we are our own healer. We are the ones that allow illness too. It’s so complex but I’m working through it.

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  23. So pleased your road tip Marlene was productive in EVERY way my friend.. and you are not forgotten either, I have you email pending… I smiled big time at you resisting more fabric.. Hubby pulled me away from a Yarn stall, I have loads of knitting yarn yet to knit… But that urge to buy you know well lol..

    I had my acupuncture last week and she worked wonders on a trapped nerve I had accidentally done while stretching to bend down in my neck… You know my own thoughts on alternative, I am a huge believer in alternatives.. As from my own medical experience pills only created side effects and didn’t cure the problem..
    But having said that, Drs do a wonderful job, and where would we be without them..

    Sending huge hugs your way and will speak soon.. ❤
    Much love Marlene.

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  24. Hey Marlene, I hope you are doing okay over there. Take care with your health as I know this virus stuff is a bit crazy at the moment. Australia is close to shutting down, I think. Not yet, only sporting events, but the toilet paper buying panic is continuing! Hugs, my friend.

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    • Thanks, Amanda. Hanging in there after a little flare up of stomach issues. Slowly getting back in the game. The toilet paper is an issue here too. 😉 Crazy! I always keep a healthy supply especially because I get a lot of company. My daughter is going to be working from home more now as she has to take public transport. The office will be working mostly from home for the next month but on occasion, she will have to go into the office. Parking is very expensive downtown. She is worried about bringing home the virus to me. I’m being careful about exposures. You take care too.

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  25. Hi Marlene ~ I wish it hadn’t taken me so long to get here. I took a “blogging break” most of February and I’m just now getting back in sync. I loved loved this post. I’m so glad you shared (some) of your travel experiences. I’d love to hear more about your visit with the “intuitive medical” person. First time I’d heard of that term. I definitely believe that alternative medicine can help us more than “mainstream” medicine. As I was recovering from my concussion, I went to PT and OT without much help. But then my doctor suggested I try energy medicine with a woman who is specialized and certified in energy medicine in my area. I found her suggestions and tapping and conversations helpful. They made a difference! I also love Reiki. Yoga is my best form of self-healing, along with meditation. All of these modalities are within reach for everyone and deal with self-healing.
    I send you warm healing vibrations. Please be extra careful in these times – we are certainly staying in most of the time – yoga etc classes canceled, but yoga/meditation can be easily done in the house. Namaste and love to you.

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    • I’m on a blogging break more often than not these days. I’m glad you found the post helpful. There are a small handful of medical intuitives in this country that I know about. Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz and Carolyn Myss were the first I’d learned of and were fully vetted. Carolyn Myss only teaches and lectures around the world now. I called Dr. Schultz when I came down with Bells. She was scary “on target” at a distance reading. Expensive but worth every cent. This one was no less expensive and also ‘on target’ with her information about me and how to heal. It’s all self healing and others can only be of some assistance. Louise Hay is the mother of publication on self healing of lives. I’m hoping you’ve heard of her. I keep several copies of her book. Most people roll their eyes but when I read it, I can only affirm what is on the page. Energy medicine is going to replace most conventional medicine one day. Donna Eden started teaching people how to do (exercises) that would help so many years ago and is still teaching world wide. She opened the field wide for all to learn. I did mention how concussion is often a bigger deal than most realize. It’s why I started studying neuroplasticity. I’m still trying to repair and make new connections in my brain that Bells damaged. When we are injured by life, we become researcher on our own behalf. I’m always here if you want to chat about a question. Yoga will be starting as soon as possible. Maybe this week. 🙂 I got my yoga socks so now I can go. 😉 Giant squishy hugs back at you.

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  26. Hi, Marlene. Just checking with you on the Coronavirus. Are you okay?

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    • Sorry to worry you, Jennie. I did have a bit of a health challenge that drained all my energy for a couple of weeks but rebounding nicely. Had a lot of appts in the meantime and I think it’s going to be all good news. I am quarantined at home by my daughter. 😉 She wants me to stay well and she is working from home as well to make sure she brings nothing home. It’s nice that her company has allowed most of the workers to work from home. How is it going for you with the preschool? They closed all the schools where the DIL lives but so far, she is still in business but taking extra measures for the children’s health. They don’t know how long they will be able to operate right now. I’m getting lots of quilting and cleaning done. 😉 Thank you so much for your concern. Hugs, M

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      • I wasn’t really worried… well, maybe just a teeny bit. Thanks for your update. Good news. You daughter is smart! All of us under folks and those who have any issues really need to be extra careful.

        I feel like life in teaching has changed dramatically. You must read my new post (this morning) to explain what I have done. This morning I was contacted by a TV news reporter- she wants to put my video clips on the news tonight. It’s all about reading aloud, but doing it online for the children so they’re not missing out. This is drastically eating into my housecleaning and laundry. Haha! Schools are closed all over the state for three weeks. Pretty much every public place is, too. Stay well, my friend. ❤️

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      • I’m working my way there, Jennie. Still trying to write one myself.

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      • You’re the best, Marlene!

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  27. Your timing on your little trip was perfect! What a difference a month makes. What a charming little town. I recently left my purse in a hotel room and they also called. That is such an annoying thing to leave something behind like that but hey, it happens. Hopefully you got it back with no problems. You will probably put it to good use now! Hope you’re hanging in there!

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    • So good to hear from you, Jan. Yes, I got the headphones back perfectly and glad to hear you got your purse back. I had left a nice tip and a little thank you note for the housekeepers before we left. Who knew it would help get the headphones back. I’m glad we went when we did too. Everything is in perfect order no matter what other’s think. I have a lot of faith and trust that all will get better and better. A little Pollyanna but that’s how I roll. 😉 Keep taking care of yourselves too.

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  28. You’re so right – there’s no cure for the creatives! Except being creative of course! 😀 😉
    Sounds like you had a wonderful road trip. I haven’t had one lately but if I had I’d want it to include creative shops (no surprise there) and art galleries. I say yes to alternative medicine when/if it helps, everyone needs to figure that out for themselves. A friend of mine is currently experimenting with an Ayurveda based diet and telling me that it has greatly improved her health!

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    • I agree with you, Sarah. If it works, I’m all for it. Some works, some doesn’t. I’ll try anything once. Practitioners are often a different quality. I am so done with diets of all natures. But Ayurvedic is healthy. I’d love to go to the shops now. 😉 We all have to do without for now. No art galleries either. So sad.

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  29. Unlike those who are taking a blog break, my absence has not been intentional. I do not know HOW, but the days of the outbreak and isolation have taken up my time even more. I think what’s going on is that with giant blocks of time available, I have been taking on larger projects. Also, I’ve been kept busy with school. It’s good to be back to check on you and I can’t believe I’ve missed every post since January! School actually starts today, all online of course. So I’ll get busier once again.

    Your outlook and inspired hope are often uplifting to me. You are one of the people who always makes me feel better. I know your journey north and consult were beneficial to you. In fact, seeing the photos along the way reminds me that just getting out into the world is inspiring! You had a trip AND spiritual healing. How much I forgot about the benefits of new scenery until now, ha ha. Two days ago I had to go to the grocery store. I was so excited to be leaving the house, I dressed in nice clothes and did my hair, put on jewelry and make-up. It was as exciting as going to an event!

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    • A change of scenery will do a person a world of good. EVERYTHING has a silver lining in it. I am happy you are still being able to continue your classes. That will help keep your mind in the present moment. My daughter went to the grocery a couple of nights ago. There was almost no one there and they were delighted she offered to bag her own groceries so they didn’t have to touch them. Another way to protect the workers. She, like me, goes to public places in mask and gloves. She does not want to bring anything back to me. There is sweeping change in the air. Let’s hope it’s a good change.

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  30. Thank you for the recommendation for the book, Intuitive Self-Healing! I was able to find it used on Amazon and that is my current read. I am enjoying it very much.

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    • Wonderful, Wendi. All healing is self healing. I’m working on that myself. I’m sure you are familiar with Louise Hay. I’ve been on a spiritual quest for most of my life and most has let me outside traditional modalities. That is what insearchofitall is about in the background. Quietly searching for answers.

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      • I can completely relate…..I have read one of Louise Hay’s books and hope to purchase one of them in the future so I pick it up and read it when I want or need. I did not realize what your blog name represented but I sure do love it.

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